Enhancing the quality of life for all Queensland communities

Angela Fry

Branch President

Manager – Toowoomba & South West Region 

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SWQ Branch committee

Angela Fry (Branch President)

Manager, Toowoomba & South West Region, GHD

Andrew Johnson
Works Manager, Somerset Regional Council

Dereck Sanderson
District Director (Darling Downs), TMR

Luke Tanner

Manager Works, Goondiwindi Regional Council

Councils in the SWQ Branch

Balonne Shire Council,  Bulloo Shire Council, Cherbourg Aboriginal Shire Council, Goondiwindi Regional Council, Lockyer Valley Regional Council, Murweh Shire Council, Paroo Shire Council, Quilpie Shire Council, Scenic Rim Regional Council, Somerset Regional Council, South Burnett Regional Council, Southern Downs Regional Council,  Toowoomba Regional Council, Western Downs Regional Council

Branch Scholarships

SWQ Branch members who require assistance to attend the IPWEAQ annual conference to be held on the Gold Coast, 10-12 October 2018 may apply for a branch scholarship

For more information, please contact Leigh Cunningham.
Nominate for the quarterly Member Profile in our e-journal, Engineering for Public Works. And nominate a YIPWEAQ member for the Emerging Leaders series.

SWQ Branch President's Report
September 2018

Organisation is underway for the 2019 SWQ Branch conference to be jointly hosted by Lockyer Valley Regional Council and Somerset Regional Council and held in Gatton and Esk. Please mark your diaries for 7-8 March 2019. And please consider presenting a paper or if you have suggestions for papers you would like delivered, please don’t hesitate to contact Craig Moss. We would love to hear about your success stories but we are also interested in projects that didn’t go so well which offer valuable lessons for all of us.

We are delighted to welcome Luke Tanner, Goondiwindi Regional Council onto the SWQ Branch committee. Luke has been the Works Manager at Goondiwindi Regional Council for the past five years.

Another SWQ Branch committee member, Andrew Johnson has been appointed to the IPWEA Queensland Foundation as a trustee. The Foundation oversees the application process for the international study tour and awards scholarships. The latest recipient of a study tour scholarship is Ashlee Adams, Toowoomba Regional Council. Ashlee will be travelling to Barcelona in November to join the Smart City Expo World Congress Immersion Tour.

SWQ branch member, Mike Holeszko of Southern Downs Regional Council won the Geoff Wilmoth award at the 2017 IPWEAQ Annual Conference in Townsville and was unable to deliver his award-winning paper in Rotorua in June. However, we are delighted that our colleagues at IPWEA NZ have invited Mike to present at their 2019 conference to be held in Wellington in June.

There have been a few other movements of our members across the region including:

Angelo Casagrande – now at Lockyer Valley Regional Council

Chris Gray – Acting Director Infrastructure Services, Scenic Rim Regional Council while Patrick Murphy travels the countryside.

Andrew Johnson has been appointed Director Operations at Somerset Regional Council in anticipation of Tony Jacob’s retirement following 15 years of service to the council.

And we have a few SWQ branch members presenting at the 2018 IPWEAQ Annual Conference on the Gold Coast in just a few weeks:

Community Driven Flood Risk Management Planning for Rural Toowoomba Townships

Rodney Betts & Mark Page: Toowoomba Regional Council & Engeny Water Management


Data Validation & Condition Assessment of Council Stormwater Assets Sean Rice: Proterra Group

The Master of Engineering Practice: A pathway to registration as a Registered Professional Engineer Queensland in Civil (Public Works), Shane Simmons: University of Southern Queensland

Branch President's Report
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The new IPWEAQ Critical Risk Management workshop (up to 7 CPD hours) has just been launched and it is coming to Toowoomba, 26 September 2018 so please register early to secure your spot. 

I look forward to seeing many of you on the Gold Coast next month for another memorable IPWEAQ conference and gala awards ceremony. Good luck to nominees from SWQ for the following projects:

Western Downs Regional Council

Chinchilla Works Depot Project

Toowoomba Regional Council

Charlton North Catchment Stormwater Detention Basin (CNCSDB)

Somerset Regional Council

Brisbane Valley Rail Trail (Toogoolawah to Moore)

Toowoomba Regional Council

City Hall Auditorium and Annex Refurbishment

Toowoomba Regional Council

Boundary Street Upgrade Project

Toowoomba Regional Council

Toowoomba City Golf Course Cycleway

Western Downs Regional Council

Western Downs Region School Zone Pedestrian Safety and Traffic Efficiency Initiative

Toowoomba Regional Council

Toowoomba City Golf Course Cycleway

Western Downs Regional Council

Western Downs Region School Zone Pedestrian Safety and Traffic Efficiency Initiative

We look forward to celebrating your projects with you at another memorable awards night!

Angela Fry

SWQ Branch President

Thank you to 137 delegates, exhibitors and sponsors for making the NQ Branch Conference in Cairns a huge success. 

See photos and the conference wrap-up.